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perspective on this from john mccain. he's debated both the president and mitt romney, and he says we will see two very strong well-prepared debaters and he predicts few surprises. the president's behind closed doors in nevada for the next two days preparing to face mitt romney in denver wednesday. >> he's a good debater. i'm just okay. but what i'm most concerned about is having a serious discussion about what we need to do to keep the country growing. >> reporter: both sides are down playing expectations. a senior aide to the president says romney will be prepared, disciplined and aggressive. romney's debate partner calls the president a tough debater. >> barack obama is going to be formidable and i think it will be a good debate, but i certainly would not underestimate what barack obama brings to it. >> reporter: john kerry's playing romney with the president. in a weekend memory, republicans urged kerry to press the president on libya and syria. romney calls obama's foreign policy dangerous. romney's debate plan, clearly and concisely explain how he can fix the economy. >> i expect to be a
of the mccain campaign back in 2008 in those days at the end when you felt like the campaign was grasping at every new ornament that it found on the tree. it's being distracted. one week it seems to be libya. the next day it's medicare. the next day it's whether the president has said something about a bump in the road. and i think the voters, it's very confusing to have these very short-term responses in the romney campaign. of course every campaign has to have a rapid response. but usually that should augment what is the overall strategy. it shouldn't become the strategy. and at the moment it seems like they are trying to win each news cycle rather than win the election. >> they have been chasing news cycles. and in virginia, he talked about defense cuts. that's what direct mail is for. that's not for your candidate to do that. that's what surprised me a little bit, is that romney went -- and i think what the critique is getting at, it's not that it's just small ball by the campaign. tactically you should do some of these things in certain states. but the candidate himself amplifying it
mccain cautioned don't expect any major breakthroughs. >> the candidates are well scripted. >> who is the alpha dog? that is what we want to see. >> mitt romney is holding a rally in denver tonight. president obama is practicing in nevada today and tomorrow and flying to colorado on wednesday. >> who do americans think will win the debate/ ? >> most americans think president obama will beat mitt romney. we'll find out in just a couple of days. >> hallie jackson, thank you. >> 5:07. 50 degrees at the airport. five people dead in minnesota. >> an amber alert issued for two children in tennessee. children in tennessee. volume is light this >> welcome back. in the 40's in the suburbs. i think it will be a dry day today. it is dry this boeing. there is some fog. 48 in rows down. 53 in parkville -- 48 in randallstown. it will become mostly cloudy but dry. high temperature of 72. rain is in the picture for tonight. >> an update to the deadly off the shooting in minnesota last week. funeral services were held for two of the victims. friends and families gathered at two separate services to
. >> the one exception was cindy mccain. her butterscotch cookies won. >> elmo, you ready to make some crumbs. >> who won this time? >> we do know. >> michelle obama's white and dark chocolate chip cookies and ann romney's m & m cookies. >> michelle obama's cookies won 51.5% of the vote. >> that's for you. >> i'm going to vote here. >> want another. >> i have to say -- the white and dark chocolate chip cookie are mint and i'm not a mint chocolate chipper so i do like ann romney. >> elmos, what do you think? >> save one for me. >> so much for the rest of us. >> so much for cookie monster. >> we know howell mow feels. >> elmo, thank you so much. >> want another plate of cookies? >> just as a reminder, as halloween approaches, submit your best photos of your pet in costume at may air some of them on friday when we're having a halloween pet parade. al and natalie, the dogs are coming out. >> dogs are coming out. ♪ who let the dogs out >> a reminder, "elmo the musical" on "sesame street." >> elmo, high 5. >> high 4. >> and design tips coming up right after this. let's say you want to
's overpreparation where the rehearsing backfires a little bit? >> had john mccain on our show on "morning joe" and he talked about that. he said you sit there for weeks on end, rehash and remembering your lines. a point where you have to walk away and be yourself. you had david axelrod say to you the other day that the romney campaign has had more preparation for this than it took to invade normandy so, you know, everybody is setting this funny bar of the other guy's so great. he's unbeatable. >> trying to set expectations low so it will be easy to see them. has this reached the point of absurdity. >> we in the media, what's going to happen in this first debate? what do people think is actually going to happen that -- we've seen thousands of hours, and we haven't seen them together, but other than one of them saying the most horrific thing, what do we think is going to happen that we haven't seen before with these guys? what are we waiting for? >> there's some hope that we will not be aiming towards immedia mediocrity and these two guys are the smartest guys we have available to fix the probl
of one-on-one. john mccain wasn't the best debater either. he doesn't blow anybody away. >> i spoke with nate silver from the "new york times" who has looked at all the polls and how much ground mitt romney has to gain, as much as seven points, a lot to gain in some of the key battleground states through a debate performance when two guys can be very well prepared, one sitting president. >> kerry did it though against bush. >> i don't know that he made up all that ground. >> it's not the debate, what is it for mitt romney the last five and a half weeks of this campaign to change it? >> i think he does have to go big. he has to have a couple of really big ideas that connect with the american people and where they are. the economy is slowly getting better. there are real doubts about medicare plan that paul ryan has put in place that is beginning to hurt them in the battleground states. i don't think there's one thing that can turn it around for him except the ufo theory which i keep coming back, to and we just had it again in the last two weeks. the terrorist attack on our libyan emb
/47, obama over mccain was basically 53/47 in the state of virginia. virginia is interesting, a state that economically is doing very well. a lot of government workers in northern virginia. a minority population that might turn out in bigger numbers, more african-american population and a growing hispanic population and southern roots that should help romney but that combination makes it the ultimate swing state. it's this year's florida or ohio. >> florida still matters very quickly. >> matters big, and if some other president wins it, check mate. no path without florida. you go through all the scenarios and for mitt romney, there's no path. if he's going to cede ohio. that's what's gone on, the move of ohio where romney cannot connect with white working voters, doing a big bus trip. the move of ohio, he has to win florida and wisconshich i virgi. >> thanks very much. back it matt. >>> the international monetary fund is calling for urgent action from lawmakers here in the u.s. and europe to turn around the global economy. nbc's chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell rece
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